Staying at Tyrella wouldn’t be complete with a walk through the Mourne Mountains. Last month the adventure was Hare’s Gap so the five mile round trip to the Blue Lough was an excellent contrast on the other-side of the Mourne mountain range. Travelling light I packed the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujinon 10-24mm lens.

Starting out at the Carrick Little carpark in Annalong, a little like the Hare’s Gap walk the hike starts with a path into the hills the views when you reach the stile over the Mourne wall are breathtaking in every direction.

blue lough

Over the Mourne wall the path becomes a little less predictable, rocky with meandering streams, waterproof footwear is highly recommended. It is worth stopping every so often to taken in the view of the surrounding summits. There is a also a lovely little river you have to cross complete with cascade that I will capture again when I have a bit more time. It really is one of the best family walks in the Mournes, the views are stunning.

The Fujifilm 10-24mm lens is a versatile lens ideal for this sort of documentary photography. You can read my initial adventures with the lens here : Fujinon 10-24 review 10mm really is very wide but ideal for the vistas with 24mm ideal for the family group shots when we reach the Blue Lough.

stream, blue lough, mournes

Having packed my ND Filters I decided to quickly grab a bit of long exposure photography of the blue lough. It was a exceptionally bright and warm day for this time of year and, as you can see from the reflections I unfortunately hadn’t packed a polarising filter.

I realise there is something contradictory in taking photos of the ‘blue’ lough and then converting them to mono but I loved the contrast in the images which was better highlighted through black and white processing. I am using the free Lightroom landscape preset to process then converting the black and white before final ‘clarity’ adjustment.

The Blue Lough,

The walk down is stunning with the forest set against the blue sea and with more time we would have ventured beyond the lough as it really isn’t a difficult walk, even with the entire family.

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Northern Ireland Landscapes
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